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# Brian Wilder's Blog

By Brian Wilder | Agent in 30540

# Lightning- How far away is it?

## Saturday, March 26, 2011

### Lightening-how far away is it?

Well I am sitting here at work on a raining lightening filled morning. I big bolt of lightening lit up the morning sky and then a little while later the rumbling of thunder came waifing through. That got me to thinking "I wonder how far away that was?". Well I racked my brain and could not remember do you count to 3, 5 or 7 to figure out the distance and you know, I could not remember. So I went to Wikihow and found the following:
http://www.wikihow.com/Calculate-the-Distance-from-Lightning
There method is to count the time from when you first see the lightening to when you first hear the thunder. Take that time and divide by 5. That should give you the rough estimate of how far the lightning is away. So for example if you see the lightening and then count 10 seconds before hearing the thunder that would put it about 2 miles away. Now if I can just remember the 5 I should be good to tell the distance.
I then got to wondering what should you do to avoid getting struck by lightning. Again I went to Widihow and found the following:
http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Getting-Hit-by-Lightning. Well I hope this has been interesting and helpful. I'm getting under my desk now as the storm is really kicking up. If you want to look at Real Estate I would not suggest driving around today, how about just going to our Mountain Aire Realty website, staying indoors and enjoying the warm dry confines of you house. See you on a sunnier day.

Brian